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john_broecker replied to the topic 'Songs for March' in the forum. 31 minutes ago

For the players by ear, try this free website
for harmonica players. It's a play-along site,
with harmonica tablature included.

You may download and print the tablatures freely:

www.harpinanawhinin.com

Best Regards

John Broecker

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Squacks replied to the topic 'Songs for March' in the forum. 56 minutes ago

I like a song that I can learn something from. A challenge so to speak. I also play the harp by ear and don't know that much about one. I like trying to play a harp but don't want it to become so much work that I get frustrated with it.
When I run into something I can't figure out, I try to figure out a way that I can play it anyway. It may not be the same as the original but I won't care. If I enjoy playing and keep at it, Someday i may have little difficulty in playing anything I come across.
So, I don't really care what kind of tunes are put forth, I will attempt them. If I try and can't get it perfect, I most likely will still come up with a rendition I can play.

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AndyT replied to the topic 'Songs for March' in the forum. 1 hour 45 minutes ago

Dex

I agree about song choice, the original intent is that players vote in a poll for songs that we all nominate, and then the two winners become the practise tunes. I hope when Marcy gets back that resumes.

Having said that I take the opportunity to learn the tunes, even when I don't like them (ad some teachers seriously advise you learn tunes you don't like because you learn a lot from them.

I don't read music with the harp, I learn by ear which does take time, but once you get used to it, it becomes quite easy.

And it's quite interesting that so many of the modern tunes we think are modern can be found in Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, so they may all in their way be 300 year old tunes.

Andy

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Dexer replied to the topic 'Songs for March' in the forum. 2 hours 26 minutes ago

AndyT wrote:

Now that Marcy has disappeared the pool of players does seem to have shrunk. We should make it mandatory, but that would never work.

Andy

I like the concept of the song of the month but there are some problems.

Most of us non-music-readers play from tabs (or by ear) which requires a degree of familiarity with the song. Some of this really old and obscure (to me) music has me flummoxed. Perhaps "The Irish Washerwoman" is a famous and popular song and I'm just a Luddite :) but it would take a lot of time for me to come up with a reasonable rendition of a song that I've never heard before. A check of Wikipedia reveals a version of this song appearing in print in 1651.

I had previously expressed reservations about the 100 year old songs that seem to pop up as Song of the Month choices. Can we at least have a temporary moratorium on songs more than 300 years old :) ? For my taste (and it's MY taste, I don't claim to speak for anybody else), the recent song choices are getting very old, very folksy and very rural.

A lot of Beatles song are well-suited to the harmonica. Everly Brothers? Petula Clark? There's a boatload of untapped post 1950 popular music.

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AndyT replied to the topic 'Songs for March' in the forum. 2 hours 38 minutes ago

Sarge wrote:

Maybe Marcy will be back with us soon. I think she's been pretty busy.


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Yes, I see she's been pretty much gigging all over the place which is excellent. I look forward to the concert footage.

Andy

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Sarge replied to the topic 'Songs for March' in the forum. 2 hours 47 minutes ago

Maybe Marcy will be back with us soon. I think she's been pretty busy.

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AndyT thanked keith in topic Songs for March 3 hours 18 minutes ago
AndyT replied to the topic 'Songs for March' in the forum. 3 hours 21 minutes ago

Now that Marcy has disappeared the pool of players does seem to have shrunk. We should make it mandatory, but that would never work.

Andy

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AndyT thanked Squacks in topic Songs for March 3 hours 22 minutes ago
Crawforde replied to the topic 'Songs for March' in the forum. 3 hours 27 minutes ago

I know the feeling.
Been overrun by life lately and haven't even been able to play a little bit.
I did throw a harmonica in the truck today so I could play if I got stuck in traffic or had some alone time.

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I have tried to upload video on here so you play. And you cannot watch others also. It should not be this hard
What is going on. I'm not a computer...
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AndyT It's a compatibility issue with Youtube and the video uploader system attached to our profiles. If you post in a forum they work fine. I use VIMEO... Show more 3 hours 24 minutes ago
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AndyT Note I tried posting this comment using one browser and it didn't work, so had to use Google Chrome - looks like there are a few issues. 3 hours 23 minutes ago
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gunsmoke added a video. 10 hours 23 minutes ago

Night Train

via YouTube Capture

keith replied to the topic 'Songs for March' in the forum. 11 hours 14 minutes ago

I hope to be able to join in soon - when I can string the notes together sufficiently for people to be able to at least recognise what I am trying to play. :lol:

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gunsmoke added a video. 11 hours 23 minutes ago

What is a URL?

Learning video for ICT students explaining what the components of a URL, or web address, are and why web browsers need them

Dexer Ironically, many of us can't watch that video because it is in "My Videos" and that's the problem...we can see videos with direct links but we can't... Show more 10 hours 15 minutes ago
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Squacks replied to the topic 'Songs for March' in the forum. 12 hours 1 minute ago

Good job Andy!
It's nice to see a few more folks playing tunes in this thread.

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Squacks thanked AndyT in topic Songs for March 12 hours 3 minutes ago
Dexer replied to the topic 'Songs for March' in the forum. 13 hours 22 minutes ago

keith wrote:

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I tried Vimeo, but couldn't figure it out, so went back to Youtube, with all its ills.

Youtube, by itself, works just fine. There's nothing at all wrong with it.

The problems is that there is definitely some kind of compatibility issue involving Youtube videos posted here in "My Videos".

For whatever reason, Vimeo is not subject to the same problem.

As long as we have a Youtube URL to click on, everything works smoothly. If people post a message in this (or any other) thread with a Youtube link, there's no problem at all. But we need that URL. When posted via "My Videos", the forum software doesn't show us a link...it just shows that thumbnail window for us to click on. And for many of us (maybe even most of us), clikcing on that window will produce NOTHING but a small black screen with a non-functioning play arrow.

Short version: Post a link directly to Youtube and we can all see your videos. Post a Youtube video via "My videos" and only a portion of users can see your videos.

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keith replied to the topic 'Songs for March' in the forum. 17 hours 26 minutes ago

Nicely done, Andy. :)

I tried Vimeo, but couldn't figure it out, so went back to Youtube, with all its ills.

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keith replied to the topic 'Not Quite Beginner Videos :)' in the forum. 17 hours 32 minutes ago

This may help you to find the URL that you need to copy into your post.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMxx9XEF6m0

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gunsmoke is friends with keith